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Roof Rails gone!

Finally got my dealer to remove those "National Lampoon Vacation looking" roof rails.
Took 8 days to get the access covers in but they ordered the wrong ones. I will go back next week when they come in to have installed. People might have use for the rails and they look great but not on mine. My concern was paint damage but luckily there is none. I think if you wait months you might have trouble. Anybody in the Phoenix area need rails and crossbars?
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Would you be able to ask what are the parts and part numbers needed to cover the holes and seal them?

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Would you be able to ask what are the parts and part numbers needed to cover the holes and seal them?

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Yes I will post part numbers when I have them installed. I don't think there is any sealing issues. The bolts go back in with a snap cover over them I think by looking at the installation.
Here is a link to install instructions.
http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/017...-42131.pdf?410

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I was thinking of taking mine off as well since I don't really use it. Did it make any difference in gas mileage ?

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Can't say I've used mine either......
But, I like the look of them, IMHO the silver rails add to the look of the vehicle.
Can't say I care for the naked look.

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I have a 2010 Rav and had the crossbars removed right away. I may still get the side bars removed.
As a contrast almost no Honda CRV has a roof rack in my locale, maybe 1 in 500. What is it that no-one in a CRV wants a roof rack and almost every other SUV has a roof rack?
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I really don't like the look of the side rails. The fact that ALL 2013 RAV4 vehicles have them installed says to me that Toyota just wants you to spend more than $250.00 on the cross bars to complete the installation. This is a good option for some people, not me.

Perhaps including the roof window required Toyota to protect it from those who would carry large sheet materials on the roof by including the side rails.

I worry that removing them will create a roof leak.

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I really don't like the look of the side rails. The fact that ALL 2013 RAV4 vehicles have them installed
I've seen 2013's without the roof rails and stopped to see the access covers on them so I knew I could have them removed. I took a picture with my phone to show my dealer because at first he said they are built that way and can not be removed.

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I know that in other countries they are optional so I assumed that there must be a plastic cover for them. I thought about removing them because I really didn't care for them but they kind of make the rav feel taller. Now I'm toying with the idea of painting the chrome (or maybe it's stainless) to match and leaving the ends black since I don't have the cross bars. I was thinking that painted would give it a subtle custom look.
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